Well it seems like the choice beef shoulder clod idea is dead - not only are there ridiculously few actual butcher shops left in Austin (Texas, the beef capitol of America, of all places...), the shops that are
left have been sold to wokesters that smirk at the wisdom and experience that 50-years of running a business brings to the table, and no one can get a clod except for the shop that tried to bait & switch the select clod on me - also an old shop sold to a former used-car-salesman that thinks talk is a substitute for character and integrity.
Also - I had a few more emails with the great fellow at Kreuz Market
and and they use only choice clods for their beef clod offering, and for the briskets they use only select to avoid the wad of fat often found in the point section of choice and prime briskets.
I thought that was interesting and I may have to try a select brisket to smoke one of these days but I have never liked the flat section of any brisket unles cured to become a corned beef, so there's that.